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The Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship awards four student startup teams at THE CLIMB | Collegiate Pitch Night

Plants, puppies, smoothies & action sports won top prizes

A ground-breaking, industrial botanical extraction system for the essential oil market won first place at THE CLIMB | Collegiate Pitch Night, sponsored by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. David Baker, founder of Botanex, impressed the judges panel, winning $3,000 and in-kind prizes to support his business.

“After a year of hard work, doubt, re-positioning and re-design, it is very rewarding to have this validation of our dreams for this company.” Baker said. “It was a pipedream to think about competing in a ‘Shark-Tank’-like competition like THE CLIMB, much less winning. Everyone was so supportive and encouraging, and I loved the whole experience.”

PuppTech

Graduate team PuppTech answers questions from the judges.

Internet of things (IoT) technology company PuppTech took home the second-place prize of $1,500. The company is building and testing technology that makes it safe for dogs to be left in cars on hot days, so dog-owners can travel with their dogs without worry.

“I learned from this experience that there’s nothing I can’t do if I work hard enough or want it badly enough,” said William Loopesko, CEO & founder of PuppTech. “The experience was great…a beautiful venue, excellent turnout, and some good judges.” Internet of things (IoT) technology company PuppTech took home the second-place prize of $1,500. The company is building and testing technology that makes it safe for dogs to be left in cars on hot days, so dog-owners can travel with their dogs without worry.

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Photos taken by Shameka McBoat of McBoat Photography